Reviews of products for scale automotive models, including motorcycles and motorized vehicles.

The Essential Buyers Guide, Ford Mustang, Fifth Generation/S197 2005 to 2014

Published: March 13th, 2019     
The Essential Buyers Guide, Ford Mustang, Fifth Generation/S197 2005 to 2014
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182

It's nice when a product delivers what it promises as this book does. As the title implies this is a buyer's roadmap to purchasing a fifth generation (2005 to 2014) Ford Mustang also known as the S-197 bodied cars. Mustang fans were thrilled when this body style was reveled in 2004 because it harkened back to the sharp angular lines of 1965-67 Mustangs that established the "Ponycar" paradigm. The 2011 model year was especially anticipated as it marked the return of the 5.0 liter V8. As the proud owner of a 2013 Mustang GT as well as a lifelong fan of this iconic car, I was intrigued by what this book offers.

Great Cars - Volkswagen Beetle - A Celebration of the World’s Most Popular Car

Published: March 3rd, 2019     
Great Cars - Volkswagen Beetle - A Celebration of the World’s Most Popular Car
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

The book goes into great detail of the development, service, variants and full history of a classic car which is one of the world's most popular cars ever produced. I have always loved this little car, with great memories of traveling in one when I was a child in the Sixties. The book is a wonderful treasure trove of pictures that I have ever seen before and even though I thought I knew a lot about this car it has so much more history and facts I never heard before.

Also, it is written by a very professional and knowledgeable author of lots of articles I have read and enjoyed before. The car's history goes back to Wartime Germany in the late 1930s and goes on till today! The car was the brainchild of the great car designer Ferdinand Porsche and was to be the Peoples car of the Third Reich under Hitler, hence Volkswagen (Peoples Car).

I found this book fascinating and made me aware of a lot of information I have never read before. The pictures alone are well worth getting this book for.

I was amazed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book.

Painting Mask for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Published: January 27th, 2019     
Painting Mask for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this masking set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale-modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The mask arrived in excellent shape in a sealed plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. One small sheet hosts canopy and windscreen outlines, and wheel hub masks. The mask are thin yellow masking that is easy to accurately place on curved surfaces. Your favorite liquid masking covers the clear parts inside the masked "boundaries." The masks fit perfect on the kit parts and left no residue. A color instruction sheet is included in the package, and Eduard has the same instruction sheet available for download on the product page. I really appreciate having the electronic PDF format to mark up on my computer, not to mention the ability to enlarge the instructions for my aging eyeballs.

I highly recommend this set, for ease-of-use, accuracy, and value. Thank you again Eduard and the IPMS Reviewer Corps!

Tiger Shark Show Rod

Published: December 12th, 2018     
Tiger Shark Show Rod
Reviewed by: Bill O'Malley - IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models


From KustomRama:

The Car Craft Dream Rod was designed by the staff of Car Craft Magazine in 1961 and built in 1963. The car was completely custom made and got its power from a 289 Ford engine. In 1966 the Dream Rod was sold to the International Show Car Association, which commissioned a substantial revision to the car's styling, called the Tiger Shark. New alterations on the car included a hood scoop, the side roof scoops were closed, the trunk lid was eliminated, the rear was stretched 6 inches, the rear window, grille opening, and front fenders were also modified, and the roof clad in vinyl. The fenders followed the nose's shape and enclosed the Dream Rod's wheel wells. The redesign specified a new interior, including high-backed buckets, clad in a combination of wood-grained vinyl and orange and brown brocade. In place of the antiquated wires and skinny whitewalls were Cragar GT "mags" and plump Firestones. The new car was named Tiger Shark.

Jaguar XJS-V12

Published: December 4th, 2018     
Jaguar XJS-V12
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel - IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa


This kit was initially issued in 1983. I first bought a copy from the BX at Sheppard AFB, TX in 1988, mine was the TWR Sports edition and is still in my stash!! I was always a bit nervous about the chrome trim on the body and getting it right, but it turns out I didn't need to worry, Hasegawa did a great job molding this kit and it was not difficult to get a good result. This kit has held up exceptionally well for being 35 years old. The plastic is crisp and flash free and the fit is what you would expect from this company.....excellent!